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Monday, August 16, 2010

Toronto Concert Orchestra Makes Debut

TORONTO CONCERT ORCHESTRA

MAKES DEBUT IN TORONTO SEPTEMBER 29


The Toronto Concert Orchestra, founded and conducted by Music Director Kerry Stratton, will make its Toronto debut on September 29, under the auspices of the Bel Canto Foundation. (www.belcantofoundation.ca) Guest soloist is the renowned Italian tenor, Salvatore Licitra. (www.salvatorelicitra.com)

Under Maestro Stratton, the newly-formed Toronto Concert Orchestra and Chorus will be heard October 16 in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Barrie, Ontario for the Barrie Concert Society. The soloists include soprano Allison Cecilia Arends, mezzo-soprano TBA, tenor Christopher Mayell, and bass Nicolai Raiciu.

The orchestra will subsequently be heard in Toronto on November 8, in Koerner Hall, when soloists will be the finalists of the first CCC Toronto International Piano Competition, presented by the Chinese Cultural Centre. (www.cccpianocompetitions.org) Winners will be named at the conclusion, and US $28,000 in prizes awarded.

On November 23, at George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts, the Toronto Concert Orchestra will feature prizewinning Quebec artist Maxim Bernard in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Winner of the 2005 Indiana University Concerto Competition, Bernard has performed with major Canadian orchestras and on CBC Radio, and is currently working on his master’s degree with renowned pianist Menahem Pressler. The concert is presented by the Canadian Music Competition of Ontario.

Also this fall, for the 30th season, Maestro Stratton hosts A Little Night Music at the George Weston Recital Hall. This is a series of informal discussions on various music and composers, with live performances by prominent artists. The opening concert on October 4 features Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock and Arpeggione Sonata with clarinetist Kornel Wolak and friends. The series continues October 18 and 25, and November 1, 8 and 22. For individual tickets or subscriptions, call 416-733-0545.

Mo Stratton will lead his Grand Salon Orchestra in cities of southern Ontario, including Barrie, Milton, Orillia, Markham and Niagara Falls. Programs include We’ll Meet Again, a tribute to Vera Lynn with mezzo-soprano Barbara Sadegur, A Night in Vienna, and Best of Bel Canto,an opera gala with Canadian singers. (www.grandsalonorchestra.com)

October will see the release of two new CDs by Maestro Stratton on the Artists’ Choice label. Both feature the Slovak Sinfonietta, including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and the Emperor Concerto, with pianist Haiou Zhang, and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with clarinetistKornel Wolak. (www.kornelwolak.com), (www.haiouzhang.com)

Kerry Stratton continues to share his love of music with radio audiences as host of Conductor’s Choice, Sunday afternoons on The New Classical 96.3 FM.

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